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that we will be getting much that we will be getting much
sunshine. This is the massive Messe Berlin in. 22 whores of exhibition
space dedicated to technology. —— walls. Coming up — a tour of the
of the newest smartwatch is to see of the newest smartwatch is to see
if Whirlpool technology is just if Whirlpool technology is just a
windup. We ask if smartphones can ever replace proper cameras. Away
from Germany, which take the first look at Apple's Brown knew ——
for your private family pictures. Let's get into the madness of the
show. We start with smartphones. We Let's get into the madness of the
know know how handy they're becoming.
They can do anything. The third biggest use for the smartphone?
Taking pictures. Dan Simmons has been out an? I been out an
Taking pictures. Dan Simmons has been out and about in Berlin to see
how good of a snap you can They say size is not everything,
except when it comes to two new smartphone cameras with more pixels
per shot than we had ever seen before. First up, the Nokia Lumia
1020. It sports a massive 1020. It sports a massive 41
megapixel camera. The advantage megapixel camera. The advantage of
having so many pixels says Nokia is not so we can print cathedral size
posters to let you zoom in three times without the loss of image
quality. And 45 times once the shot is taken. —— 25. It has created a
new wave easily take manual control as we —— as well. Just like a DSLR.
These men were shooting the fountain using a long shutter speed. That is
a new feature on the Nokia. I joined them. The 1020 has five tiny motors
inside, making 50 adjustments a second. But there was a slight
Clearly the image I am trying to problem.
Clearly the image I am trying to take is too bright for a long
shutter speed. I do not have control over the aperture. DSLR, one up. If
something you are arriving on platform Android. This monster only
sports a paltry 20 mixer pickle —— megapixel sensor. But has a few
released two new coupon lenses. I released two new coupon lenses.
look like a proper photographer. The look like a proper photographer. The
and has its own dedicated shutter and zoom controls. Cleverly, it says
on the handset storage space by popping a big 18 megapixel image on
its own SD card, sending a smaller version on the phone for sharing.
Because the lens is essentially a calmer in itself, we only use the
phone to see what it can see. We can move the lens from —— up to ten
metres away from the phone. We can get interesting angles. Even on its
own, Z1 seems as good as a compact. That is when the software behaves
itself. From the moment you start the camera, the sensor starts
saving. I started taking this shot here but the camera is already
working a second before. But if working a second before. But if they
prefer a short they're, I can take it. Or maybe one towards the end.
The camera also identifies movement before the shot is taken. It claims
bonus images. —— blurless. I do not bonus images. —— blurless. I do not
think he is happy. At the end of the day, both cameras managed to do a
pretty good job. The Z1 let in more light with its wide aperture. While
the Nokia merges information from seven pixels to create one.
Resulting in a smaller but writer and more colourful low light image.
—— lighter. They —— lighter. They a helping to
redefine what a smartphone camera can now
cool stuff much it can do with the latest crop of smartphones. Look at
this tablet. It is a 20 inches screen and has been
and photographers. People who need a and photographers. People who need
as they thought it would be. larger screen the size of an 84
as they thought it would be. Equality of the video is quite
impressive when you look at it was up. We will move on. Now to a clutch
of watches that are trying to be everything. These are some of the
smartwatch as we look at earlier this year. Some are a fully featured
medication and media to —— devices in media. Some connect to your phone
to a Bluetooth. While these watches were from smaller companies hoping
to make a name for themselves, at IFA, two much bigger names were
showing off their take. We asked the boss of one of these companies,
Sony, whether the continuing Sony, whether the continuing
shrinking of technology means we are destined for a future where we wear
rather than carry out the prices. Whether it is a smartwatch or other
so—called wearables, it will be an important market going forward.
Let's start with Sony. Other straps are available. There is the time,
nice and clear as long as the battery is charged. There is the
touch screen with the icons. The first thing to know, you cannot
listen to phone calls or speak into this watch to talk to someone who is
calling you. This is a second calling you. This is a second
screen, a companion device for the phone in your pocket or bag. You can
the whole point. It will alert you the whole point. It will alert you
adequately. You cannot type but you adequately. You cannot type but you
can send replies. There are currently 300
applications for this watch. Here is the other smartwatch. Samsung's
you want to know the time, you have this, the screen.
you want to know the time, you have to move your wrist in a definite
way. As you can see, it is quite difficult sometimes to persuade it.
You can always use the box and. difficult sometimes to persuade it.
backlight on the screen needs to be on for you to see anything.
drive. Another key difference drive. Another key difference
between this and Sony is that you can make phone calls through the
watch. It has a speaker and a watch. It has a speaker and a
microphone. You can talk into it and hear someone on the other end. It
does not have a simulcast. You still have to connect it to your device
group Bluetooth. It has to be a Samsung Galaxy device. Not any
Android phone will do. You can also use the microphone and speaker to
communicate to Samsung's personal assistant. This also has a camera.
You can then transfer it to your phone at a later point. One big
problem with smart watchers is that battery sapping backlight. Sony says
every 2—4 days. Samsung says it will every 2—4 days. Samsung says it will
only last for 24 alloys in normal use. Here is a third watch. Qualcomm
uses a car Mirasol display. It is visible even when the backlight is
off. It and now is the watch to run five days without a charge. When you
cable. It charges wirelessly on a cable. It charges wirelessly on a
special surface. It could prove down every few days.
be a winner when our down every few days.
will introduce you to Lisa Brack. I will
know you are organising and running know you are organising and running
and innovation award show. We talk about that later. Quick word on
the smartwatch is we just saw. I found it a little awkward to hold my
arm up for minutes on end. Do you think the smartwatch is are a viable
product? Is it too soon? They do have a weak battery. They do have
some problems with the camera. We have a tiny display. Smart watchers
will be very interesting and about wine or two years when we have more
functions and better functions. When functions and better functions. When
they look nicer, not so bulky. Waiting for the Next Generation? It
is definitely not too soon. Thank you. We will be back to you in a few
minutes. Plenty more to say and minutes. Plenty more to say and see
in IFA in Berlin. We will get about. A few hundred miles away, the
world's largest motor show is under way in Frankfurt. Nissan has also
entered the smartwatch race, entered the smartwatch race,
creating this concept timepiece. entered the smartwatch race,
Nismo smartwatch collect data about the car and its drivers
performance, including information about how calm the motorist is. In
case she needed keep track, the watch also monitors the popularity
of the several social networks. Ahead of the launch of its games
consul the PlayStation four, Sony has introduced a micro— consul.
consul the PlayStation four, Sony device plugs directly into a TV and
is capable of playing hand—held console games on a big screen using
streaming video and TV services. It streaming video and TV
priced at the equivalent of £60. launches in
priced at the equivalent of £60. Sony remains tightlipped about the
release in the rest of the world. everyone. It was only available on
Xbox and Windows eight devices. Michael Force has now launched a web
that in line with established that in line with established
players like Spotify and Pandora. It still has a bit of catching up to
do. Disney has developed a device that allows them to be transmitted
with the human body. The technology relies on a microphone unit that
converts audio into an electric signal. When passed to a finger to
another person's year, it can be communicated. The designers have
dubbed it Ishin—Den—Shin. It means what the mind things, the heart
transmits. And just before we get back to events here, there has been
one big announcement this week that was not made here. No surprise,
considering that made it. Apple considering that made it. Apple has
just unveiled the latest in the region of the device that
kickstarted the smartphone movement. Richard Taylor took a closer look.
After weeks of feverish hype and speculation, Apple has finally done
what a lot of people that expected them to do. Taking the wraps off to
new smart phones. They will replace the new currency narration iPhone.
There is the five S, which sports a processor twice as fast as the
current generation. It will allow a current generation. It will allow
new generation is a very fast graphics rich gaming, as well as
video, burst mode, allowing you to camera, like slow
take lots of pictures very quickly take lots
on still mode. There is also a fingerprint sensor. It is not the
first time we have seen a biometric reader on a smartphone. Hopefully
this one will be a bit more smart than the devices we have seen
before. It will allow than the devices we have seen
authenticate yourself and buy things from the Apple App Store. The less
premium version of the phone, the five
squarely at the developing world, with a much lower price point. That
appears not to be the case, it is only about $100 cheaper and looks
fairly similar to the current iPhone five, except it is made of plastic
and very lack of and glossy. It comes in five colours, all of that
befitting of the new operating system the phones are going to run,
which is very colourful and which is very colourful and
animated. The big question for investors and consumers, will they
do enough to return some of the magic that Apple appears to have
share prices have suffered share prices have suffered
accordingly. We will find out when they got on sale at the end of next
week. Thanks, Richard. Plenty more to come
from the tech expo here in Berlin. Now, this technology show is a great
opportunity for us to seek whether the trends we be talking about have
started to catch on. We have been talking a lot about 360 degrees
photography this year, the idea sticking one shot and capturing
absolutely everything about your surroundings. Well, smile. This is
what we believe is the world 's first consumer 360 degrees camera.
It actually has two cameras, back—to—back, and too superficial
eye lenses. When you take a photo, this stitches the images together
and send the results to your iPhone or iPod. I have to say the picture
is pretty impressive. It was all the way up to the ceiling and all the
way down to the floor. The only thing the device can't captures
itself. You do need special software to view these kinds of images on.
That will be an ILS out, the android Apple come later this year ——
is still here. What are some of the is still
tech trends you are seeing this year? We have tablets with eight
tablets. We have these camera units year? We have tablets with eight
tablets. We have these camera units we show before. We have robots which
help you in the home. I have seen a vacuum cleaner which follows you so
you don't have to pull it. I have seen a very tiny projector which
doesn't need any power at all, it's connected to your mobile phone.
That's a pretty nice thing to have. A new way to address the problem of
a tiny screen. Thank you for your time. A bit more coming up.
a tiny screen. Thank you for your 350 million photos are Post on
Facebook everyday, but with growing concerns over privacy and copyright
abuses, is this the best way to share your family snaps? 23 snaps
thinks not. They have created a private platform for parents to
share photos and video of their children with close friends and
family. There are three apps for it iPhone and android. —— three apps
for the. It has been designed with a target audience in mind, it is clear
and uncomplicated. Less time of complex granular security settings
when your toddler is wrecking the living room? The simple timeline is
a great way for the grandparents to check in on how fast the little
people growing without getting people growing
grandparents catered four, I have grandparents catered four, I have
something for the kids now. The digital learning platform for mobile
knowledge feel more like playing a and desktop
knowledge feel more like playing a game. There are two fun characters.
universe is so dense it traps stuff in it for over. It has been put
together to help children from six to 16 understand topics across the
curriculum, from rainbows to curriculum, from rainbows to
chemical equations and communism. The resources are matched to the
English and Scottish English and Scottish school
curricula and are suitable for educators across the world. This was
being being phones engaging, using
animations,, interactive quizzes, and loads of other fun stuff to
reinforce learning experience, educators will be impressed with the
integration with other learning apps, including Google docs plug—in
There is a selection of content you There is a selection of content you
can try it free of charge for can try it free of charge for
unlocking the rest of the site with a premium subscription. Another good
learning a that drifted onto my lead this week —— my radar. A free open
source font you can use to make reading more easily possible for
those with dyslexia. Dyslexia takes many forms, but it's generally
learning to read fluently and learning to read fluently and
accurate comprehension, despite normal intelligence. In the Commons
on the site and the Facebook page supporting it, these are regular
characters that are heavier at the characters that are heavier at the
bottom can make recognising the patterns that make up words much
easier for a great many people with the disorder. If you want to find
out more about dyslexia or the researchers designer did to create
the font, there are some good links to follow on the research page.
Kate Russell. Now before we leave the expo, I will show you something
really love. It's not the big flashy expensive stuff. If the little
innovations hidden around the back that may or may not want a change
trends of 2013. One of those is trends
the three doodler. It is a 3—D pen. the three doodler. It is a 3—D pen.
It works in the same way as some 3—D printers, it takes plastic in the
top, heated up, and then allows you top, heated up, and then allows you
When you have got on board of When you have got on board of
drawing in two dimensions, you can come up into the third dimension
like that. It takes a bit of getting used to, but as long as you get the
tension right, once you let the plastic cool down a little bit, you
can then change angles and start to go really crazy in three dimensions.
I am just starting out on this, so I thought I would show you the kinds
of models you can make if you have a little bit more practice. What
serious applications could this have? One suggestion as architects
who might like to sketch their ideas before they take their design to the
computer stage, or students who are computer stage, or students who are
blind or visually impaired learning about crafts in the classroom. Or
any budding 3—D artist phones is that chances to go absolutely mad.
It is possible to make more compared three structures, and for that you
can trace stencils. Peel them off the paper and then stick them
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